Los Angeles Prosecutor Candidates Back Drug Decriminalization At Debate

Los Angeles Prosecutor Candidates Back Drug Decriminalization At Debate

Two candidates running to become the district attorney of Los Angeles County are voicing support for decriminalizing possession of all drugs. At the first DA debate last week, organized by the LA Coalition for DA Justice & Accountability, former San Francisco prosecutor George Gascon and former public defender Rachel Rossi were both asked to weigh in on whether they’d back decriminalization in Los Angeles as a means to curb mass incarceration. Gascon, who was one of more than 20 U.S. prosecutors who participated in a tour of Portugal in May to learn about the country’s decriminalization model, said that “as a nation, we have to get there” on the policy. Watch the LA DA candidates discuss decriminalizing drugs, around 1:16:40 into the video below: “Drug use should not be a criminalized issue,” he said. He added that “we have a long way to go” but said the goal should be to pursue broad decriminalization as Portugal has. He also touted his role in helping to author a California statewide 2014 initiative that reduced penalties for low-level drug offenses. On the drug war:@GeorgeGascon cites the Portuguese model as his north star@Rachel4DA focuses on specific elements of prosecutorial discretion, citing history of…

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